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The Best Atlanta Falcons Coaches of All Time

There have been many Atlanta Falcons coaches since the team got its start, but who is truly the best Atlanta Falcons coach of all time? Help us answer that question by upvoting your personal favorite Atlanta Falcons coaches, and downvoting any that you believe brought the team down. The Falcons have unfortunately never won a Super Bowl, but they've had some great head coaches nonetheless.
 
Mike Smith coached the team for 6 seasons from 2008-2014, seeing mild success with 5 playoff appearances.  He was named AP NFL Coach of the Year his first year with the team. Dan Reeves brought the Falcons to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1998, ultimately losing to the Denver Broncos 34-19. However Atlanta was a dominant force that year finishing the regular season with a 14-2 record. Which of these two would you put over the other?
 
Who is the greatest Atlanta Falcons coach of all time? Let us know by upvoting for your favorite head coaches below that you believe really made an impact on the franchise.
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    Dan Reeves

    Rome, Georgia
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  • Memphis, Tennessee
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    Pat Peppler

    Baltimore, Maryland
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  • Compton, California
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    Norb Hecker

    Berea, Ohio
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